Sometimes victims may feel extreme anger and even hatred for the person who committed the crime.
This often generates feelings of revenge, bringing out a side of ourselves that we may not even recognize.
It is important of course to distinguish between fantasy and reality, but it is also important not to blame ourselves for thinking like this.
It is a completely normal reaction which usually fades as we become more distanced from what we experienced.
It’s not unusual for victims of crime to deny or try to repress what happened as this enables them to cope with the distress they feel after being the target of a crime.
The subsequent process of starting to remember what we initially “needed to forget” is a challenging one, which may take some time.
This is why it is not unusual for people in crisis to continue to feel angry even as they are getting over the incident.

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